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    Driving & Riding

    by ant1606 Written Dec 19, 2009

    A common blemish in the US is the scarce availability of public transport. Albeit the vast country is connected by a large number of flights, availability of short- and mid-distance service is rather scarce. Train and coach services are not an option in most cases. Private vehicles are the only practical solution and Michigan is no exception. If you've got keys, be prepared. You may need to know that Michigan shares very cold months with other states of similar latitude, and long snowy and icy months pose serious road conditions. As Michiganders say, there are only two seasons: winter and "road construction". The latter must be dealt with special attention and a good dose of patience especially in the south-eastern part of the state. Metro Detroit and surroundings are the busiest area and problems can be encountered outside of freeways for programmed road closures cause daily congestions and headaches. While certain stretches of roads have recently been newly paved, it's highly advisable to pay attention to potholes and uneven surfaces especially in urban areas.
    Always drive and ride safely!

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    Inner City vs Baseball Fans

    by Master505 Updated Jun 27, 2009

    Like most inner cities, Detroit has seen much better days.

    They have thier share of drunks and vagrants who wander around - but not one time did I feel threatend!!

    Watch out for the drunk Baseball fans near Comeria Park, they can be a bit pushy and vulgar!!!

    I will take the locals over these bad sports any day.

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    Pine River- Tie supplies in Canoe!

    by Fullmoonfever Updated Jun 12, 2008

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    I was not sure where to place this tip, but this is as good as any.

    You should definitely tie all the supplies you are taking down the river to the canoe in some way.

    If the canoe capsize, it is sometimes impossible to recover all your coolers, extra clothes, etc. What does not sink gets washed down stream!

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    Pine River - Take care while canoeing/kayaking!

    by Fullmoonfever Updated Jun 12, 2008

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    While not a world class white water river by any means, the Pine does have white water. In addition, there are log jams in the water that can not always be seen. It would be very easy to capsize and be washed under one of these jams or become snagged in a climb. I have seen this happen! If it does, you will probably not be able to rescue yourself!

    Unless you are an excellent swimmer I recommend always wearing a life jacket. These are provided by all the outfitters. I would never never canoe or kayak this river alone.

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    Cellphone coverage is sporadic

    by Toughluck Written Mar 9, 2007

    Michigan is a very 'lightly' populated state meaning that there are large areas that don't have cellphone coverage. Add to this a one-of-a-kind cellphone company for most of the northern end of the Lower Peninsula and nearly all of the Upper Peninsula, even when you have coverage, your phone may not be able to use is or there may be an expensive roaming charge. Be prepared to have large areas without coverage. All of the popular tourist areas did have basic coverage, it's just the smaller places and the inbetween places.

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  • The Murder City

    by joeterzano Written Oct 15, 2005

    If you MUST travel across Detroit (Telegraph Rd eastward), make sure your gas tank is full, your tires are inflated, your doors are locked.... and DO NOT wander off the freeways. All you have to do is look out the window as you are passing thru to understand what I am talking about. And, by all means, stay out of the city at NIGHT!!!!

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    Watch the portions!

    by mdchachi Updated Mar 17, 2005

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    Watch the portions!
    (This tip really applies to the entire USA.)

    You might be wondering why many Americans are so fat. It's at least partly because we are often served way more food than we need. Take this ice cream sundae, for example, does anybody really want to get a massive pile of ice cream like this when they order a $3.50 sundae? I sure as hell don't and I live here! My friends had just arrived in from Japan that day when we stopped here to rest and have a snack, they were presented with this. Over half was wasted.

    Sometimes it's a good idea to ask your server how large the portions are or take a peek at the plates of other diners. Consider ordering just one entree for two people if the portions are too large. Most places will let you do this with no problem although a few may charge an extra $1 or $2.

    Far too much ice cream for one person

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    Take some Sunshine in a Bottle!

    by julieuzi Written Jan 28, 2004

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    In Michigan (especially in Metro Detroit) it is beautiful and green. Michigan can attribute the beautiful parks and forests to the weather. It is very humid and VERY CLOUDY. My friends who moved there from California bought sunlamps to combat depression from lack of sun. I know it might sound silly but sun deprivation can really do a number on you!

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    The winters in Michigan can be...

    by firegrl100 Written Sep 8, 2002

    The winters in Michigan can be very harsh, so you have to be careful especially hwen driving. Also when driving around Detroit, be careful. The driveraround there can be a little psyco, especially at rush hour.

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  • If you do plan to camp in the...

    by DrWatson27 Written Sep 7, 2002

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    If you do plan to camp in the fall call ahead for reservations at campgrounds. The start of the salmon run coupled with bird hunting can sometimes cause a shortage of camp sites. Also bring a wide range of cloting as the weather can change quite quickly especially being so close to Lake Michigan.

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  • Wear your seltbelts! If a cop...

    by Dawn_n_Tim Written Aug 26, 2002

    Wear your seltbelts! If a cop or sheriff in MI notices you do not have it on, they turn around in the middle of the road and come after you! And you get a fine!....We got stopped for no seat belts twice! Dawn

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  • If you are from out of state...

    by GlobeTrekker Written Aug 26, 2002

    If you are from out of state and get a speeding ticket they will take your license and hold it till you show up for court. They don't tell you this but you can demand an immediate hearing before a magistrate.

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  • Michigan is one of the Very...

    by MaineGuy Written Aug 26, 2002

    Michigan is one of the Very few eastern states that allow persons to drive 7O but its a very strict state with numerous police on the interstates so please drive the speed limit.Ohio and Michigan are the Two
    Most strict states in the Midwest and it shows.Also while
    visiting the Detroit area,be advised that the City
    basically leads the nation in stolen cars and car alarms here outsell anything else.There is huge crime
    on the east side of the city so avoid that area at night.

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    At the beginning to the middle...

    by Moishka Written Aug 26, 2002

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    At the beginning to the middle of August every year, you need to high tail it out of the campground unless you have insect repellent with a strength of immense proportions!!! The attack of the very nasty biting flies begins then, and, courtesy the liberals in the Michigan state government, spraying for and against these pests was outlawed as the safety of THEM was much more important than the safety of US {?????}.

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    These people are serious about...

    by rossandkelli Written Aug 26, 2002

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    These people are serious about their football! It's UofM against State and it can be brutal. I personally don't give a rats butt about football but these people can get plain nutty about it!

    Also, watch what you say about the Redwings...they'll kill you here! It's all about the Red.

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